Toddler in a Restaurant: Spruce

We were hungry, we were in the Orchard Road area at 11 am, and Spruce came to mind.

There’s free and ample parking, even on a Saturday morning.

Apparently most people who come here make advance reservations, but luckily, they had a table for us on the inside. It seems that most other patrons prefer dining alfresco.

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Everything on the menu looked so good! You really can’t go wrong with eggs.

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This is the Spruce Eggs Benny. The eggs were as good as poached eggs can get and the hollandaise sauce went perfectly with them. The bacon was done just nice and the vegetables fresh. What nailed the dish for me, however, were the waffles. They were soft and sweet, good enough just to have by themselves.

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This was the Spruce British Brekkie which was also a very satisfying meal. The beans had a mild taste of honey.

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It was a bit of a wait for breakfast on this busy morning and Ted was trying to grab at the various things he spotted on the table.

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When the food finally arrived, Ted really enjoyed it. We broke the toast into little pieces for him and he used them to soak up the egg yolk that oozed out of poached eggs. I have no idea where he learnt that.

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All in all, it is a great place with excellent toddler friendly food. It is however, not very accessible if you do not drive and strollers have to be parked at the entrance.

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~ * ~ * ~ Toddler Experience Rating ~ * ~ * ~

3.5|4
Ambience: Casual, not noisy
Food: Great for adults and toddlers alike
Recommended order for toddlers: Any dish containing eggs, waffles or toast of all of the above
Children’s set menu: The usual tomato-based pasta, sausages

Ted in the CBD

Sometimes, on days I work a little overtime, we would arrange for Papa to bring Ted to somewhere near the office for dinner.

Ted’s always really excited to see me. On this day, when he spotted me, he started yelling “Mama! Mama”, all the while sprinting towards me. Some people were startled but his loud outburst and turned to look at this excited little boy running into his mummy’s arms.

We had dinner, and as a little supper treat, we bought him his favourite temaki, which he insisted on holding.

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In the Sand in the Sun

We were attending an event at Sentosa, and thought it would be a good idea to visit the beach. We found ourselves at Palawan Beach, which is about 15 mins’ walk away from the Beach Carpark.

It was Ted’s first visit to the beach, although it wasn’t his first experience with sand. We did not bring any shovels or sandcastle building tools, but we had plenty of fun just monkeying around in the sand.

It didn’t take Ted long to figure out the it was a lot more fun to go barefoot on the sand.

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When I pointed out the footprints we were making in the sand, he started to make handprints.

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He soon discovered that the sand here was damp and stuck to his clothes and hands, unlike the sand he was used to in the playgrounds.

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We tried to make sandcastles with just our hands. We scooped plenty of sand and tried to pile them as high as we could. When we felt our sandcastle was big enough, we even tried digging a little moat around it with our hands.

 

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I hadn’t planned to get my clothes nor hands dirty, but it’s really no fun just sitting around watching Ted get dirty by himself.

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A couple of kids had left their sandcastle tools unattended while they played a game of Frisbee with their mother. Ted happily took advantage of the situation and made himself at home.

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Meanwhile, no experience at the beach is complete without leaving behind a little message in the sand.

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Water Fun

Children love to play with water. Ted calls it swimming, but it’s really just monkeying around in water.

We bought him a water gun from Giant, and it was fun teaching him to use it. He struggled with the concept of pulling back the “trigger” with the nozzle in the water and then pushing it out to shoot the water out.

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We think he hasn’t yet associated the speed of closing the trigger with the projectile of the water, but once he does, each trip to the pool will be quite the water battle.

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We also bought a little lifesaver and are looking forward to the day he picks up swimming.

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A Bad Hair Day

Some days, Ted decides to go all punk on me.

He may decide to spit out his food, and smear it on every surface he can access, be it chair or human.

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He may then decide to adjust his hairstyle and set it with rice.

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And then he may decide to give a loud Tarzan war cry.

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He will then give another loud roar to let you know that he is the man of men.

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And then he will dig his nose calmly as you prepare his bath.

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Remembering the Cast

 

It’s been a while since we removed the cast, but it still scares me sometimes to think about it.

That night, he was complaining of pain and crying about it. He laid on the bed and refused to lift his right arm no matter how we coaxed him. He eventually fell asleep crying. We made the decision not to take him to the doctor that night because we 1) suspected it might be pins and needles 2) the complain of pain came about an hour after his fall so we did not immediately associate it with the fall 3) since we did not suspect a fracture, we thought it might be something that would go away with sleep.

The next morning, however, he continued to complain of pain although he wasn’t wailing like the night before. He refused to move until we had put together a makeshift sling to support his arm.

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At the hospital, he was able to move his arm but with a lot of effort and cries of pain. It seemed that the pain was on his forearm.

We had an x-ray taken but the doctor was not able to observe any fractures. She mentioned, however, that because of the presence of plenty of cartilage in children, it is sometimes hard to detect fractures. She decided to put his arm in a cast just to be on the safe side.

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Ted was very cooperative throughout the whole process of getting the cast in place. The trouble really came as we started walking out of the clinic.

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He started crying and complaining that he wanted the cast removed and we had to spend a great deal of effort to pacify him.

In any case, we are just glad that the cast was eventually removed with no issues.